Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
We had planned to go to Aledo for a drink or two and then back to Burgess so Brendan could have a beer with Marvin and Janine, but, as we could/should have suspected, Aledo was difficult to leave. We met Mark and Holly at Scooters and eventually went over to Beerbellies. Saw a lot of familiar faces and many wanted to thank Brendan for his service, particularly with alcohol.
We got back home at a decent hour, but we were in no condition to stop anywhere else. Next time, Burgess, I promise.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Yesterdays Galesburg Register-Mail had an interesting ad on page three. It reads: "Thank You, To my son-in-law (not either of my daughters) for taking me to the emergency room." Well, that should be a cheery Thanksgiving Dinner.
* By the way, what is that thing in the lower left-hand corner. Is it a pepper? Or pickle? The mystery thickens.
The other is a rather sad one, announcing the closing of the old Skate Palace. We used to take some of the better behaved kids at the Mary Davis Home, back in the day when we were able to so such things. They had fun and the place seemed well run and supervised. However, just a year or so ago when I was working at the Knox County Academy it was a popular Friday night place to go. I can remember talking to some of them on Mondays and they would talk about the fights they intentionally choreographed, just for the fun of it. In fact I usually asked on Fridays if they were going to the Palace and fight, and many would say yes, and they had their targets all worked out. Sad way to have fun, and sad end to a good positive place that seemed to be anachronistic in today's world.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
And all the while thinking that this would be my last time down there. In the past 3 1/2 years we made perhaps a dozen trips to see Brendan and/or the kids. It holds special memories and this trip was no exception. Mackenzie was not able to join us because of work, but Brendan's wonderful friend, Karen, flew in from England for the occasion.
The Welcome Home ceremony went without a hitch but Nancy and I were ready for the emotional tugs the Army throws in for families. Still, it was an overwhelming experience and he looked like and acted like our Brendan. Funny, profane, thoughtful, and defender of the weak. Instead of the Screaming Eagles, he referred to them as "Squealing Chickens". Instead of defaming the Iraqis, he liked them and made friends with a couple. Instead of playing it safe and staying out of harms way the final weeks of "lame-duck" occupation, he volunteers for gunrunning convoy duty. Instead of flaunting battle scars, he says nothing, but we find three pictures of various wounds when things like shrapnel rattled around inside the hum-vees.
He has decided enough is enough and wants to try civilian life. This will happen mid to late February and till then he will be de-briefing, joining me for Thanksgiving and then heading to Florida for a few weeks.
We gave the Army a young, brash, headstrong, boy, and in return we have a young, brash, headstrong man. The difference is amazing. Welcome Home son, and thanks.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
I am heading to Clarksville, Tennessee early Tuesday morning to attend Brendan's second Welcome Home ceremony. These pictures are from his first return in '06. This year I'll take the camera but will try to get it on tape also.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I had some this week and it tasted just like Ray's. Now this weekend I went to Main Street Hy-Vee and I found Ray's Chilli on the shelves and, guess what? The ingredients are identical as well as the nutritional facts. The only difference I found is that the chilli is "Packed for Ray's Brand Products" as compared to "Distributed by Kitchen Cooked, Inc".
Seems the possibilities are:
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Lawless BFE succumbs to marauding gang of toilet paper tossing terrorists. The morning sun illuminated the Halloween miscreants who desecrated the village square. Some might see this as civility run amok, nay, perhaps an apocalyptic foreboding for the peace and serenity of our dear community. This writer, however, sees an opportunity to save money in the coming months.